‘Roman’ roads were actually built by the Celts, new book claims – Telegraph

‘Roman’ roads were actually built by the Celts, new book claims – Telegraph.
I just found this online and you know? I almost feel like saying “Well, d’uh.” I mean, it’s not surprising. Really. I’m waiting for the day researchers find out we got a heck of a lot more from the ancient Celts than we know… After all, there were Celts spread all over Greece and Rome at one time. If nothing else, it’d make an interesting (at least to me) alternative history story. ;) Just thought I’d share.

Indie block party–day two–Passion’s Sacred Dance

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My current novel just came out at the end of July, a paranormal romance entitled Passion’s Sacred Dance. Here’s the blurb:

cover art by Kim Mendoza

cover art by Kim Mendoza

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.

If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate things.

It was inspired, believe it or not by a Megadeth song, “Foreclosure of a Dream”. The book went through tons of changes from the time I submitted it, until the day The Wild Rose Press released it last month, minor changes but the core of the story still remained. If you love paranormal romance, and Celtic Mythology, I hope you’ll like it.  It’s available at Amazon for Kindle only, right now, but the full release is coming November 22.

My current WIP is an as yet untitled follow up to this novel involving one of Stacy’s ancestors. That’s been kind of interesting since there’s a lot of research involved in getting the setting and time period just right. I’m writing it as fast as I can (research breaks included) so it will be out…well, when it’s out, but I hope sometime before the end of 2015.

Love in a letter–Passion’s Sacred Dance

Passion's Sacred Dance

cover art by Kim Mendoza

Okay, there’s a reason for the silly post title of this Sweet Saturday Sample/Sunday Snippet. In this scene  from my new book, Passion’s Sacred Dance, Aaron’s just turned over a note to Stacy which will change everything. (It’s a little longer than the customary six paragraph but…I hope you will find it intriguing…)

 

[Stacy] unfolded the paper, and her breath stopped when she read the words written there in black ink.

Ms. Macken,
I have something you might be interested in. A rare diary in your ancestor’s handwriting.
Should you be interested, tell Mr. Fielding. I’ll unlock my vaults for you.
D. McDunn
“McDunn? Who’s McDunn? What is this?”

“A private collector. According to our last chat, he sounded fairly adamant that you should have the diary.”

“Someone local?” she asked.

Aaron nodded.

“Do you know how much he’s asking for it? We’re a little low on cash.”

“He didn’t discuss figures. It can’t hurt to ask.”

She thought a moment. Depending on varying factors, old diaries could be very inexpensive, or priceless. Which category would this fall into? “I just don’t know.”

“What’s the harm in taking a look?”

An interesting question. She wondered why he cared whether or not she saw the thing. If he really was a harshad warrior, and if the diary could stop the war, why didn’t he just present it to their leaders and be done with it? And leave me out of it.

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If you’d like to find out more, to read more of Passion’s Sacred Dance it’s available at Amazon.

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Tuesday Kilts–I mean, Celts

Happy Tuesday? It is Tuesday, right?

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Okay, okay, girls. Stop looking under the kilts. ;)  We all know what’s under there.  Or do we? I don’t know about wearing a heavy tweed skirt in summer, do you? (Okay, so it’s sweltering here). The weather makes everything just a wee bit uncomfy, doesn’t it? Nonetheless, I am writing (or #amwriting for those of you on Twitter!) and spoke with author Beth Trissel recently about my new release–about the ever-popular topic of men Kilts ;). Interested to learn a little? Then you can see the post here.

And check out Beth’s books while you’re there. They are fantastic! :)

Lughnasadh and another on Good Reads

And one day after Lughnasadh….I wish you all a blessed summer. Yesterday’s Celtic festival, dedicated to the great Irish God Lugh in honorary of the funerary games of his mother. It is one of the four main fire festivals celebrated in the ancient  Celtic world. (And yes, modern Druids honor it too)

I mention this because Lugh and the ancient battle between he and Balor (or some say Crom Dubh) figures into–well, a little about me–and also, into my new paranormal romance Passion’s Sacred Dance. So it fits to finally get going on some of the stuff that needs to be done for the book. Either way, Lughnasadh is an auspicious day and time to celebrate! Like so… I’ve added it to Good Reads! Could y’all add it to your to be read shelves for me? Just click the little “Add Book” button below.

Passion's Sacred Dance (Harshad Wars, #1)

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If you’ve just stumbled on my site and are curious about Passion’s Sacred Dance, it goes something like this:

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.

If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate things.

I hope you’ll like it, and for those of you who have procured a copy already, find it worthy!

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For more on the festival of Lughnasadh see The Wild Hunt and Lunasa, Festival of the Harvest (A Druid’s Perspective)